Barcelona, Sorsogon

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Banwaan sa Barcelona
Bayan ng Barcelona
Official seal of Barcelona
Map of Sorsogon with Barcelona highlighted
Map of Sorsogon with Barcelona highlighted
Barcelona is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 12°52′N 124°08′E / 12.867°N 124.133°E / 12.867; 124.133Coordinates: 12°52′N 124°08′E / 12.867°N 124.133°E / 12.867; 124.133
Country Philippines
Region Bicol (Region V)
Province Sorsogon
Legislative district 2nd district of Sorsogon
Barangays 25
 • Mayor Manuel L. Fortes Jr.
 • Total 61.18 km2 (23.62 sq mi)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 20,340
 • Density 330/km2 (860/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 4712
Dialing code 56

Barcelona is a fifth class municipality in Sorsogon Province, Philippines, bounded by Gubat in the north, Bulusan in the south, Casiguran in the west and Pacific Ocean in the east. According to the 2010 Philippine census, it has a population of 20,340 people.[3]

The site of Barcelona was originally part of Gubat and Bulusan. The town's name was known as Danlog, taken from the name of a swift flowing river. The change of name to Barcelona was recommended by a Spanish official that saw some similiarties with Barcelona, Spain. On April 16, 1886, it became a pueblo civil. Until 1868, it was part of the parish of St. James the Great of Bulusan. After 1868, it took St. Joseph as its patron saint and celebrates their town fiesta on May 19. [4]

Historically it was governed by Mayors Rustico Estopace and Salvador Estuye.

Based on the election result last May 14, 2007, Mayor Salvador Nee Estuye was elected together with Vice mayor Isabel Esmeria.

Barcelona is also known for its abundant supply of coconut, abaca and root crops such as sweet potato & cassava. It is also the main source of Pili nut, a popular delicious unique nut which you can certainly enjoy as dessert or main dish. It is also called the Little Switzerland of Asia because of its landscape.


Barcelona is politically subdivided into 25 barangays.[2] In 1957, the name of barrio Paghabulan was changed to Peña Francia.[5]

  • Alegria
  • Bagacay
  • Bangate
  • Bugtong
  • Cagang
  • Fabrica
  • Jibong
  • Lago
  • Layog
  • Luneta
  • Macabari
  • Mapapac
  • Olandia
  • Paghaluban
  • Poblacion Central
  • Poblacion Norte
  • Poblacion Sur
  • Putiao
  • San Antonio
  • San Isidro
  • San Ramon (Tan-awan)
  • San Vicente
  • Santa Cruz
  • Santa Lourdes
  • Tagdon


Population census of Barcelona
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 16,251 —    
1995 18,405 +2.36%
2000 19,041 +0.73%
2007 19,428 +0.28%
2010 20,340 +1.68%
Source: National Statistics Office[3][6]


  1. ^ "Municipalities". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 20 February 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Province: Sorsogon". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 20 February 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c "Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay: as of May 1, 2010" (PDF). 2010 Census of Population and Housing. National Statistics Office. Retrieved 20 February 2013. 
  4. ^ Page 407 (Cristina D. Jose, Facts about Sorogon [mimeographed]), Philippines: A History of the Bikol Region, Jaime T. Malanyaon, 1991
  5. ^ "An Act Changing the Name of Barrio Paghaluban, Municipality of Barcelona, Province of Sorsogon, to Peña Francia". Retrieved 2011-04-12. 
  6. ^ "Province of Sorsogon". Municipality Population Data. LWUA Research Division. Retrieved 25 July 2013. 

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